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    Square Haunting: Five Women, Freedom and London Between the Wars

    £10.99
    Recommended by Becca Di Francesco, our Sponsorship Officer

    My friend kindly sent me a copy of Square Haunting: Five Women, Freedom and London Between the Wars by Francesca Wade and it’s been an enlightening treat to settle into.

    It follows five exceptional writers: modernist poet H.D, Dorothy L Sayers, Jane Harrison, Eileen Power and Virginia Woolf who independently found themselves living in London’s Mecklenburgh Square in the early 20th century. It traces London’s literary history from this bohemian quarter and tells each women’s story of how they came to be there.

    Each chapter inspires another dozen recommendations as you’ll want to dig deep into the brilliant works of each author. Square Haunting offers the authors the credit they deserve and reaffirms their relevance in the present day.

    ISBN: 9780571330669
    AuthorFrancesca Wade
    Pub Date24/12/2020
    BindingPaperback
    Pages432
    Availability: In Stock

    A SUNDAY TIMES LITERARY NON-FICTION BOOK OF THE YEAR
    A GUARDIAN BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR (AS CHOSEN BY AUTHORS)
    **LONGLISTED FOR THE BAILLE GIFFORD PRIZE**

    'Outstanding. I'll be recommending this all year.' Sarah Bakewell
    'A beautiful and deeply moving book.' Sally Rooney

    'I like this London life . . . the street-sauntering and square-haunting.' Virginia Woolf, diary, 1925

    Mecklenburgh Square, on the radical fringes of interwar Bloomsbury, was home to activists, experimenters and revolutionaries; among them were the modernist poet H. D., detective novelist Dorothy L. Sayers, classicist Jane Harrison, economic historian Eileen Power, and writer and publisher Virginia Woolf. They each alighted there seeking a space where they could live, love and, above all, work independently.

    Francesca Wade's spellbinding group biography explores how these trailblazing women pushed the boundaries of literature, scholarship, and social norms, forging careers that would have been impossible without these rooms of their own.

    'Elegant, erudite and absorbing, Square Haunting is a startlingly original debut, and Francesca Wade is a writer to watch.' Frances Wilson
    'A fascinating voyage through the lives of five remarkable women - moving and immersive.' Edmund Gordon

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    A SUNDAY TIMES LITERARY NON-FICTION BOOK OF THE YEAR
    A GUARDIAN BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR (AS CHOSEN BY AUTHORS)
    **LONGLISTED FOR THE BAILLE GIFFORD PRIZE**

    'Outstanding. I'll be recommending this all year.' Sarah Bakewell
    'A beautiful and deeply moving book.' Sally Rooney

    'I like this London life . . . the street-sauntering and square-haunting.' Virginia Woolf, diary, 1925

    Mecklenburgh Square, on the radical fringes of interwar Bloomsbury, was home to activists, experimenters and revolutionaries; among them were the modernist poet H. D., detective novelist Dorothy L. Sayers, classicist Jane Harrison, economic historian Eileen Power, and writer and publisher Virginia Woolf. They each alighted there seeking a space where they could live, love and, above all, work independently.

    Francesca Wade's spellbinding group biography explores how these trailblazing women pushed the boundaries of literature, scholarship, and social norms, forging careers that would have been impossible without these rooms of their own.

    'Elegant, erudite and absorbing, Square Haunting is a startlingly original debut, and Francesca Wade is a writer to watch.' Frances Wilson
    'A fascinating voyage through the lives of five remarkable women - moving and immersive.' Edmund Gordon